American Cancer Society (ACS)
ACS maintains a 24 hour/day hotline. ACS' Search
for Local Resources database provides referrals to cancer-related
services in your community, including health care services, support groups,
assistance, information services, medical equipment and supplies, smoking
cessation programs, and transportation. ACS' Cancer
Survivors Network offers an online community of cancer survivors,
families and friends.
National Cancer Foundation 800-443-0464/816-932-8453
National Cancer Hotline that matches cancer patients with cancer survivors,
24 hours/day. Offers free books on cancer: Cancer...There's
Cancer, and Guide
for Cancer Supporters. All are available online.
Founded by Richard Bloch, of H&R Bloch, a lung cancer survivor.
Cancer Care, Inc.
Immediate help with cancer and treatment information, one-to-one counseling
over the phone, referrals to other support services (home care, child
care, transportation, pain management, entitlements) in your area, and
free educational material and programs. Maintains a lung cancer website,
It's Time to Focus on Lung Cancer,
and a wide variety of support groups for patients, partners, relatives
and caregivers, including a Lung Cancer Support Program.
Cancer Hope Network
Provides individual support to cancer patients and their families by matching
them with trained volunteers who have undergone and recovered from a similar
Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA)
Nonprofit organization dedicated solely to advocating for people living
with lung cancer or at risk for the disease. LCA offers patient education
and support programs focused on helping people directly affected by lung
cancer, including a lung cancer hotline, a phone
buddy program, a quarterly newsletter, and an advocacy alert network,
where advocates can receive alerts to participate in or respond to important
lung cancer issues.
Oxygen Patients Association
Non-profit association devoted exclusively to improving the lives of people
who require supplemental oxygen on a regular basis. NHOPA provides patient
education and patient advocacy (ombudsman) services. (Services are provided
for members; membership for oxygen users is $15.)
NCI's Cancer Information
Service (NCI) 800-4-CANCER
National information and education network of trained staff offering the
latest and most accurate information on cancer and cancer treatment. Provides
referrals to medical and support services.
Advocate Foundation 800-532-5274 | 866-512-3861 (PAP)
Non-profit organization that provides education, legal counseling and
referral services to cancer survivors concerning managed care, insurance
and financial issues. Offers a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) to provide
co-payment assistance for drug products to insured Americans who financially
and medically qualify. Additional online information includes debt crisis
intervention and job discrimination, among other concerns.
Largest support program in the United States devoted solely to providing
free psychological and emotional support to cancer patients and their
families. Offers support groups facilitated by licensed therapists and
cancer education workshops, among other services. Its webpage lists Wellness
community locations and contact information.